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Municipality of Konitsa

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The Municipality of Konitsa is a municipality of the Regional Unity of Ioannina in the Region of Epirus, which was established in 2011 from the amalgamation of the pre-existing municipalities of Konitsa, Mastorochoria and the communities of Aetomylitsa, Distrato, Fourka. It extends to the northern end of Epirus and P.E. Ioannina.

The Municipality of Konitsa borders to the northeast with the Municipality of Nestorio, to the east with the Municipality of Grevena, to the south with the municipalities of Zagori and Pogoni and to the west with the Province of Kolonia in Albania. The boundaries of the municipality coincide with those of the former Province of Konitsa which was abolished as a local government unit in 1997. Its area is 951.18 with 72.5% being forests and only 10.7% agricultural land and the pastures. The terrestrial waters, although they cover only 2.4% of the area of the municipality, correspond to 40% of the terrestrial waters of the prefecture and 25% of the region.
It is one of the most mountainous regions of Greece, as the second and third highest peaks of the country are located within the borders of the municipality. To the east rises the massif of Smolikas (2,631)[2] and Vasilitsa (2,249). To the south, Tymfi (2,500) separates the municipality from that of Zagori and Dusko (2,198) with the municipality of Pogoni, while to the north Grammos (2,521) dominates, the third highest peak in Greece which also forms the border between Epirus, Macedonia and Albania.
Between this extreme mountainous relief, the valleys of the Aoos and its tributaries, Saradaporos and Voidomatis, have been created, which unite west of Konitsa, forming its plain, and continue into the territory of Albania. Also characteristic of the municipality's hydrography are the Drakolimnes, alpine lakes remnants of the glacial period.
The only notable lowland area of the municipality is the plain of Konitsa at an average altitude of about 400 meters and a total area of 23,000[3] acres, just 2.4% of the area of the municipality.
The prevailing climate is transitional between Mediterranean and continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Rainfall is abundant and ranges from 1,000 to 1,400 mm, as does snowfall at altitudes above 1,000 meters.

University of Ioannina – Department of Architecture


The Department of Architectural Engineering has the mission of:
the cultivation and promotion of the science of the Architect Engineer especially in the fields of architectural composition, building technology, urban and spatial planning and the functional and aesthetic design of interior spaces and Buildings and

• the training of engineering scientists capable of studying and researching the issues related to the above fields.
The purpose of the Department is comprehensive education, which will form qualified and competent professionals with structured views on architecture, young scientists and creators who will have mastered the required theoretical and technical knowledge, will have cultivated the abilities for aesthetic and critical thinking and will they can respond to the developments of architectural ideas, understand in depth the social field where they will be asked to work.
The studies in the Department aim at the overall development of research in the broad and unified subject of architectural theory and practice. They envisage the organization and development of a Study Program, based on which the Department will focus its academic and research work on architectural design, architectural technology, urban, town-planning and spatial planning, interior design, the history and theory of architecture and art, and will delve into fields such as:
• Protection and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Ensembles
• Landscape Architecture and Outdoor Public Spaces
• Architecture and New Technologies
• City and Environmental Planning

The minimum attendance at the Department is 10 semesters (five years).


Municipality of Permet


Premeti (Albanian: Permet?), is a city in southern Albania, in the prefecture of Argyrokastro. Its population according to the last census is 5,945 inhabitants. It flows from the Aoos River, which flows along the Trebesina-Debel-Dusko mountain range, between the Trebesina and Debel mountains and then into the Kelcire Gorge.

In the 15th century, Premeti came under the rule of the Ottomans and became first the kaza of the sanjak of Argyrokastro and later that of Ioannina. In the 18th and 19th centuries, a Greek school operated in the city. After an unsuccessful revolt in 1833, the Ottoman Empire replaced the city's Ottoman officials with local Albanians and declared a general amnesty for all those who had participated in the revolt. The kaza craftsmen of Premeti had a monopoly on "opiga" (traditional shoes) in the vilayets of Shkodra and Ioannina until 1841, when this privilege was abolished with the Tanzimat reforms. The town's first Albanian-language school was founded in 1889-90 by teachers who taught at the local Muslim madrasah and Greek Orthodox school. Later the Ottoman authorities forbade Muslim students from attending and the school was eventually closed. In 1909, during the Second Constitutional Period of the Ottoman Empire, the authorities allowed the Albanian language to be taught in the local madrasa. In 1912, Premeti was occupied by Greek troops and remained under Greek administration until 1916.

On December 4, 1940, during the Greco-Italian war, Premeti came under Greek control from the advancing units of the 2nd Army Corps.[9] In May 1944 Enver Hoxha's National Liberation Front convened a congress in the city that elected the Provisional Government of Albania. During the communist period, Premeti had the title of the Heroic City.


University of Gjirokastër - Faculty of Education & Social Sciences


The "Ekrem Chambey" University of Argyrokastro was founded under the number 414, dated November 12, 1991 decision of the Council of Ministers, as an upgrade of the Higher Pedagogical Institute, which had been operating since 1971. The University of Argyrokastro is the most important educational, scientific and cultural institution in the southern part of the country.

The higher education in Argyrokastro before the establishment of the University saw significant experience. From 1968 until 1979, a branch of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana operated here. From 1969 to 1979, the Department of Agriculture functioned as a branch of the Higher Agricultural Institute of Tirana. In the same year, the 2-year Higher Pedagogical Institute was founded for the training of teachers of various specialties. It also opened and operated for five years, a branch of the Supreme Institute of Physical Education.

Based on this experience, in 1971, by decision of the Government, the 3-year Higher Pedagogical Institute was opened, which in 1981 was transformed into a 4-year Higher Pedagogical Institute.

Within a decade, the 4-year-old Higher Pedagogical Institute ensured the possibility for the training of teachers of all specialties, consolidated its infrastructure and was enriched with the necessary educational material base. He was housed in a new building and secured a student residence.

Today it consists of two faculties, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, which correspond to 11 Departments with approximately 30 study programs. Three main directions in the studies of the University are: a. Pedagogy, b. Finance, c. Nursing.

In its own course of several decades at the University of Argyrokastro, students studied in the two systems of study in Albanian universities, who serve in various fields of knowledge and science, offering valuable contributions to the national education of Albania.

The University, in addition to a highly qualified teaching staff, is equipped with laboratories and a scientific library. It is also an important research, scientific and publishing center. It publishes its own scientific journal "Kërkime Universitare" (Scientific researches).